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Chris Johnson Can Still Get Away From Cops

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Apparently, Chris Johnson is quite serious about rushing for 2500 yards this season, and if the Titans played the Oakland Raiders every week, he’d probably get it. After posting 142 yards and two touchdowns yesterday, one of his scores coming off a 76-yard scamper which again showcased his “getting away from the cops speed,” it’s pretty clear Johnson isn’t just blowing hot air.

He really believes 2500 yards is attainable, and after watching him and his breath-taking speed carve defenses up again and again, maybe Johnson is on to something. Of course, in order to do so, he’s going to need to rush for 2358 yards over the next 15 games, which would require a 157.2 yards per game average.

Normally, this is something most NFL followers would laugh at; but then again, how many running backs are as physically gifted as Johnson, especially in the speed (and apparently, durability) department?

Chris Johnson 2006 = MVP?

If Outkast has Andre’ 3000, there’s nothing wrong with the Tennessee Titans having a Chris Johnson 2006. Considering his record-breaking season, not to mention becoming only the sixth NFL player to break the 2000-yard barrier, you might want to call him “MVP.” Sure, the Peyton Mannings and Brett Favres might have better teams, and therefore, better records, but did either of those two have a better season than Johnson? We’ve already seen what the Indianapolis Colts look like without Manning — two straight losses — but imagine just how ineffective an 8-8 team would be without their best player.

It also helps to consider that Johnson is the only legitimately consistent offensive threat on the Titans. Not only did he lead his team the league in rushing, he’s also the leading pass-catcher. While his teammate Nate Washington has been serviceable, he’s certainly no Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark or Sidney Rice.

In fact, a quick glance at the receiving statistics for the Colts shows Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon all had better seasons than any of their Titans counterparts.

While some of our Bleacher Report counterparts thinks it’s a foregone conclusion, it will be hard for a player on a non-playoff 8-8 team to take hardware from NFL dignitaries like Favre and Manning, regardless of how gaudy his season was.

Gus Johnson Apologizes

We’ve all heard Gus Johnson’s “controversial” call of Chris Johnson’s 52-yard scamper by now, and apparently, at least somebody was predictably offended. As I mentioned in the comments of the initial post, the level of PC-itude in the US almost dictates such a followup from Johnson. Oddly enough, the best play-by-play man in broadcasting — Sorry, that’s not an opinion. It’s a fact. — used a similar analogy as I did in his apology; although, he wasn’t quite as colorful as I was. Damn political correctness.

First, Johnson’s apology:

“If there is a perception of racism in this analogy, it is not coming from me. People of all races have run from the law. However, to those who are offended, I apologize.”

I, too, used the “people of all races have run from the law” explanation, saying, “Don’t you think the guy with the meth lab wouldn’t appreciate being as fast as Johnson, especially when said meth lab/trailer gets raided?” Great minds and all that. It’s just unfortunate that an apology had to be made in the first place. If someone was up-in-arms about Johnson’s innocuous quote, perhaps it’s time for a little introspection as a way of pinpointing what causes them to react with such a level of sensitivity.

Does being that thin-skinned actually benefit your life? Or is this a case of “if I’m going to be miserable, everybody else will be, too?”

Gus Johnson Calls Chris Johnson’s Touchdown

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson was a beast against the Jacksonville Jaguars yesterday. 24 carries for 228 yards and two touchdowns has a way of receiving such a designation, not to mention doing so during the team’s first win of the season. However, during one of Johnson’s touchdown scampers, CBS play-by-play ace, Gus Johnson, made a questionable comparison of Johnson’s blazing speed.

“Watch out! He’s got ‘getting away from the cops’ speed.”

Now, while I find such a phrase worthy of a smile, some will undoubtedly be offended by the “racial overtones” of Johnson’s call. I’m sorry, are NFL running backs the only folks who run from cops? Are white people not allowed to have “getting away from the cops” speed? Yes, I get the implication — if you decide to look at it that way — a young black male with blazing speed should be compared to something other than police evasion. But folks, people run from the cops. Not just ridiculously talented running backs who happen to be black.

Don’t you think the guy with the meth lab wouldn’t appreciate being as fast as Johnson, especially when said meth lab/trailer gets raided?

For me, it’s much ado about nothing. Johnson made a fantastic football play and announcer Johnson got a little exuberant in describing the skill on display. It’s not the first time Gus Johnson’s been excited after a play and I certainly hope it won’t be the last. With all that in mind, I’d expect an apology from Gus any day now.